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>> we do have the potential for record temperatures today for our friday. temperature right now, 74 degrees at reagan national. baltimore is 716789 ocean city, 73 degrees n fredericksburg, we're # 9. in winchester, we're 70. starting the day on the mild side. i did mention the fog. out to the east, route 50, prince george's county, parts of howard county, we are getting some pretty good fog. might want to take a few extra minutes on your way to work. other than that, generally clear conditions. just hot today. our high temperatures will soar into the mid-90s. so remember our record for the day, 94. this is not typical of this time of year. lots of sunshine, hot and humid your afternoon high. changes tonight, cooler temperatures for the weekend. i'll have details on that coming up for you in just a minute. >> perfect. time now for a look at our top
stories. firefighters are back on the scene of a devastating fire in manassas. three homes were reduced to rubble along tillot loop. the massive inferno leaving behind nothing but charred pile of debris. everyone made it out alive but some of their precious memories are gone forever. bob barnard has the story. >> reporter: this view from sky fox shows you the devastating nature of this fire. three homes side by side up in flames. scores of firefighters virtually powerless to stop it before the damage was done. investigators believe the fire started in the middle house and then quickly spread in both directions. >> it is beyond the expression in words. >> reporter: two people suffered minor injuries but no firefighters were hurt. one woman was hospitalized from the shock of seeing her home destroyed. this is her husband. >> their friends say all the memories and everything inside the house is destroyed.
>> they couldn't save anything. rotor flames and heat spread being quickly. >> that much fire, you need a lot of water and a lot of hoses and a lot of personnel to control it. >> reporter: manassas stand fire chief says 120 firefighters helped to fight this one. city officials say they can't believe what they are seeing. >> we are looking to see what the impact is going to be and what the cause was. >> reporter: fire investigators say finding the cause will be difficult. bob barnard, fox 5 news. >> investigators are certain the homes had smoke alarms but it is not clear approximate they are actually working. at the time of the identify, no one was inside the homes that were destroyed. for the first time in
nearly a century, a virginia woman has been executed. theresa lewis has been put to death by lethal injection at the greensville correctional center in jarrett. she was convicted of hiring two men to kill her husband an stepson, giving them sex and cash in exchange so she could collect a quarter million dollars in insurance money. she used her final statement to tell her husband's daughter she loved her and she was very sorry. now, to a break in the murder of college student neil god left tski. police arrested a 16-year-old gang member yesterday. he was gunned didn't while riding his bicycle through sherman cycle. the suspect, eric for mansion 17 and is being charged as an adult. the washington nationals
are losing stan kasten. he was part are of a tbiewp to buy the nats. he at the time being he committed to staying with the team for five years. -- he was part of a group to buy the nationals. very quiet out there. very calm. also very humid you will find as you walk outside today. i'm sarah simmons in for gurvir dhindsa. let's get a check of the weather again with tucker barnesism feel like a broken record but this is not the kind of weather you would normally be talking about again and again this time of engineer i heard sue mention 65 days where we've been 90 or above. the record is 67. we just need two more days and we can the hottest summer in history. today is record heat.
highs will be in the mid-90s. we have fog out there this morning. we'll talk mild temperatures at this hour. not dealing with extreme heat right now although this is not typical of this time of year. 74 at reagan national. 64 in frederick. a little better there, off to the north and west. 69 for new fredericksburg. let's see what we can find on the satellite-radar. not much of anything. high pressure continues to rule the mid-atlantic and you can see just a few clouds off to the north and west. no rain showers associated with this. it will be dry around here. cold front out to the west will get in here tonight. the good news is only one more day with these unusually warm temperatures and many of us actually love it. highs in the mid-90s. that is going to be a record if we can get 94 at reagan national, which is likely. >> let's check in with julie wright with the on-time traffic. >> good morning to you both
little better news traveling out of montgomery village this morning on 270 trying to merge on from 124. they were scheduled to do some work overnight. all of that construction was scheduled to be cleared by 4:00 a.m. and it was. the lane are open if you are traveling south on 270 leaving germantown for the lane divide, no trouble spots to report coming off of 124 merging onto 270. this part of 270, nice and clear. no problems to report. it is when i hilt the beltway, that is where i encountered some fog. it was pretty thick especially along georgia avenue headed into downtown silver spring. be prepared for that. westbound on the freeway, no problems to report headed for the outbound 14th street bridge. we have reports of that fog over in prince george's county traveling between andrews air
force base and landover. our big story, homes in a virginia subdivision reduced to rubble. take a look here. families kicked out on the streets too. now, firefighters want to know what started this massive fire in manassas. as many as 16 people have been forced from their homes because of the fire . it broke out around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. it took firefighters from manassas, prince william county and manassas park an hour and a half to bring the fire under control. they believe it started in the middle house and then quickly spread in both directions from there. >> the radiant heat and the wind drove the fire from one building to the next. >> it is a bad one. it's going to affect people's lives for a while. >> again, three home were destroyed. five others were damaged and the red ross is helping displaced families find
temporary shelter. still no word on what started a fire that killed a virginia mother and two of her children. ally anderson saved three of her children as their lorton town home burned wednesday. she managed to lower them out of a window to their uncle. she went back to get their youngest sons but none of them made it out. the neighbors couldn't get inside to hepp because the fire was too insense. virginia executed a woman last night. 41-year-old theresa lewis died by lethal injection. she pleaded guilty to plotting the murders of husband an stepson. her lawyers questioned her comeps because of her low iq. officials say she entered the death chamber on her own and apologized. >> death was pronounced at 9:13
p.m. there were no complications. >> tonight, the machinery of death in virginia extinguished the beautiful child-like and loving human spirit of theresa lewis. >> now, for her last supper, lewis asked to two fried chicken breasts, sweet peas with butter, a piece of german cake or apple pie to dessert and also a dr. pepper. neil godleski was shot to death while riding home from work through sherman circle last month. police believe the killer is 17- year-old eric foreman. officers say he tried to rob the victim before shooting him several times. foreman is being charged as an adult. comedian stephen colbert appears on capitol hill this morning. he is testifying about immigration before a house committee. we are getting more now from sherry ly live on capitol hill with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. i know a lot of people out
there are thinking stephen colbert isn't exactly the person you would consider an expert witness on illegal immigration. but he is coming here to testify along with the united farm workers after take the ufw up on its would have to have u.s. citizens or legal residents replace illegal immigrants working on farms. he has fee you ared the take our jobs campaign on the colbert show. last month, he spent a day at an upstate new york farm as a migrant work arer parking boxes of corn and picking beans in the field. today, he will appear alongside the u fw on testify during a house committee hearing on farm workers who are illegal immigrants. he will return to washington next month for a rally on the national mall. it is part of dueling rallies by comedy central hosts. some 60,000 people are now expected to hear from jon
stewart and colbert during those rallies on october 30th. originally 25,000 people were expected. stewart is calling his rally the rally to restore sanity and colbert is calling his the march to keep fear alive. so it will certainly be interesting both today and at those rallies next month. >> everyone will be watching. thank you. a highly anticipated meeting between likely soon to be mayor vincent gray and d.c. schools chancellor michelle rhee. would either of them have anything to say following that meet something we'll get a full report. don't you guys work out at the chrysler factory? you know, the government spent a lot of money bailing you guys out. >> auto workers busted on camera doing things they probably shouldn't be doing on their lunch break. the response from the automaker. we'll be right pack.
there was no decision in the high-stakes meeting between vincent gray and michelle rhee. rhee was a staunch supporter of mayor adrian fenty in the election. fox 5's jennifer davis has details. >> reporter: michelle rhee was quiet as she walked into the meeting at high noon with vincent gray f the two squared off behind closed doors, they decided not to talk about it. a serious looking rhee looked on but let gray do all the talking. >> the chancellor and i just finished what i think was the a very productive meeting. wing we both fervently agree we want the best for our kids in the district of columbia. >> reporter: gray says this was in the a decision-making meeting. he says nothing was discussed about rhee's future with the school system. we'll have those discussions in a later discussion but we did
not talk about chancellor rhee staying or going. we talked about the state of education in the city. >> reporter: despite repeated questions from reporters, rhee stayed mum inside and outside the building. >> not making any comments other than the comments that the chairman made. >> reporter: gray did say no personnel decisions about his administration will be made until after the general election. parents we spoke with are divided over whether or not they want a quick answer about rhee's future. >> i would like to know asap if she is going to remain with the school system or leave. i think it is important so people can move on with their lives and that the children can go on. >> i know the chancellor made some statements during the campaign that might have made it seem like a foregone conclusion that she was not going stick around. maybe they're finding a way to continue to work together which i think would be great. >> reporter: jennifer davis, fox 5 news.
>> gray says he and chancellor rhee will continue to have these discussions. president obama urged world leaders to stand united on mideast peace yesterday. he addressed the united nations saying there must be peace in the region. he also warned of the consequences if no agreement is reached. >> if an agreement is not reached, palestinians will never know the pride and dignity that comes with their own state. israelis will never know the certainty and security that comes with sovereign and stable neighbors who are committed to coexistence. >> and comments by iran's president prompted a walkout by some diplomats. mahmoud ahmadinejad said the american government was behind the september 11th attacks and most americans agreed. that caused the u.s. delegation to get up and walk out. the u.s. was not the only delegation to leave during his
speech. # 2 other nations also -- 32 other nations also left. >> hey, i hate to be a buzz kill but shouldn't you guys be building cars? >> auto workers caught on camera doing things they should probably not be doing on their lunch break. the strong response from the automaker coming up. >> i'll have a look at the forecast and julie wright has a look at your on-time traffic coming up after the break.
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happy friday, everyone. we are talking about the temperatures this morning. good morning. let's check in with tucker barnes with the latest on our forecast. it doesn't feel too bad yet but the feel the humidity and you know it is going to get bad. >> it feels kind of sticky out there. let me mention the fog out there. in some places, it is just a few feet. very dense fog out there in spots. particularly east of the city out in prince george's county, parts of montgomery county, howard county, that area. we will be dealing with the heat, the extreme heat, temperature in the mid-90s. we've done it over and over and over again this summer. nothing we haven't already endured. the bad news is it is fall and
it should no longer feel like this. >> it will feel like fall for the weekend. >> cooler weather for the weekend. let's talk about yesterday's daytime highs and once again, we were in the 90s. 93degrees yesterday for the 6 #th time yesterday. we'll be in the 90s today. 93 at dulles. -- for the 66th time yesterday. see the little asterisk by dulles. that indicates it was a record. the day before was a record and today will likely be a record. three days of records out at dulles. very, very hot. there was a joke in there. it you get it. >> not really. i tuned you out. >> not that many people live at dulles. i hope you're the only one tuning me out. 64 for new frederick. these temperatures obviously well above where they should be. i want to mention the fog off to the east and to the north kind of in and around washington.
parts of the area getting some dense fog. partly cloudy skies to start the day. you can see the clouds off to the north and west. no rain and/or thunderstorm activity associated with it. the cold front will not bring us rain but it will bring us cooler temperatures. the day time highs this weekend as we get into saturday, mid- 80s and by sunday, only the 70s. our forecast, not a great one although no terrible either. it will be dry. lots of sunshine, hot and humid. record heat likely. our record for the day is 94 degrees. our forecast high, 95. that record was set in 1970. for those of you who remember that day in 1970. if you got outdoor plans tonight, should be just fine. the five-day forecast featuring lots of clouds on sunday and cooler temperatures. sundays, monday, tuesday, we'll
get unsettled with a good chance of needed rain around here towards the end of the weekend. >> all right. sounds good. thank you. let's check in with julie wright now with the latest on the traffic. a little bit of fog to deal with. >> oh, so you did hear that that. >> i did hear that. but then there was about 10 seconds of my life that i tonight know where i went. sometimes that happens when tucker talks. >> sometimes that happens on a friday night. foggy conditions on the beltway traveling between route 4 pennsylvania avenue and through the exits and interchanges there in landover. be prepared for that this morning. not so bad right here at the american legion bridge. both the outer and uner loop rolling at speed. i note id more of a foggy commute as i hit the beltway and continued through bethesda and coming south on georgia avenue. that is where i noticed a lot
of the fog and continuing eastbound out towards new hampshire avenue. no incident to report. here we are live. this is kenilworth avenue headed into d.c. no incidents along this stretch between the beltway and the d.c. line. all lanes are open as you travel from eastern avenue back up towards 495. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >> thank you. now to the story. detroit auto workers caught on camera chugging beer and apparently smoking pot in a public park on their lunch break then heading back into work on chrysler's assembly line. our sister station fill pill. ed the group over the course of two months. wait until you see what happened when a news crew busted them. we have a report. >> reporter: there ain't no party like a detroit party and the party in this park is off the hook. drinking, smoking, getting a quick buzz because this party is not an all-nighter. in fact, it is not even noon yet. >> hey, guys. hate to be a buzz kill but
shouldn't you guys be building cars? the government spent a lot of money bailing you guys out and you're coming out here on your lunch break drinking like this? this is chrysler's jefferson north assembly plant. more than three million square feet of factory. 2833 well-paid union auto workers pass through these tbeats. inside, they build one of the crown jewels of the chrysler line, the 011 jeep grand cherokee. less than two months ago, president barack obama himself stood on the floor of the jefferson north plant and spoke to a cheering crowd of works. who wouldn't applaud the man would signed off on more than $6 billion worth of government money to save their jobs. >> and i want all of you to know i will bet on the american worker any day of the week.
i have confidence in the american worker. i have confidence in you. >> reporter: yep, this place is still here because of our tax money. a giant bailout. man, you think if the president of the united states stopped by your work to give you a pep talk, you would be inspired to do more, to be more, to build more, to drink more? we got a tip that some chrysler works were using their lunch break to catch a buzz. so we started following them just five days after president obama's visit and caught them day after day hitting up the party store and then hitting a public park to pound beers. oh, and did i mention a little smoking. the day shift at jefferson north starts at 6:00 a.m. at 11:00, there is a half hour launch break. the partiers have just enough time to head up to the liquor store, drive about a mile to the park, consume for 10 minutes and get back to the plant in time to work the last
three hours of their shift. tuesday, september 14, 10:57 a.m. here comes our crew out for break. now, at the party store, 11:07 hitting the coolers for some liquid refreshment. these guys are team players. check out this handoff. he takes that quart of beer and adds a king can as he waits in the check-out line. this guy has his hands full too. looks like he was buying one for his buddy in the minivan. it is 11:09 and the party's started. these dudes join the bash two minutes later. a minute later, here comes the big brew crew. these guys never miss ad day we were watching. last but not least, these guys show autopsy at 11:15. they brought their a game. this dude takes a hit, tacks a swig, another drag and then slugs on a mini bottle. the party breaks up at 11:22
and by 11:25 everybody is back at the factory on time. wouldn't want to be written up for being late and remember, we saw this day after day after day. in fact, every day we went to the park during lunch, people were there partying. finally, last friday, we had seen enough. >> hey, guys. aid heat to be a buzz kill but shouldn't you guys be building cars? don't you work out at the chrysler factory? you know, the government spent a lot of money bailing you guys out and you coming out hear on your lunch break drinking like this. where you guys going, man? you going to go build some cars now after you had a few beers? >> chrysler is responding. the senior vice president for manufacturing says, quote, i'm very, very disturbed and i want to make it clear that we at chrysler take it very
seriously. for us, this behavior is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with swiftly, end quote. the united auto workers union issued its statement saying in part the uaw strongly opposes the use of controlled subassistances or alcohol use on the job. the employees do not represent the vast majority of workers at chrysler. chrysler says several of the workers have been identified and suspended indefinitely without pay. a big change at the top for the washington nationals. team president stan kasten is stepping down. we'll hear from nats general manager, mike rizzo. recognize this identify? he is a brown sink agbayani. maybe they've stink bug. maybe she have a shown up in your -- he is a brown stinkbug.
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stan kasten is resigning as the manager of the washington nationals at the end of the season. he first joined the club in 2006 when the team was relocated from montreal. >> it means that we've lost a two-time executive of the year in his career and a long-time player executive and a guy who can run an organization. but he certainly has laid the foundation for success here in washington. we're just going to continue where we're at. now, to another stinky problem in our area. you may have seen them buzzing and flying around your home. they can be quite pesky. they are talk about stink bugs. a headache for home owners and a nightmare for farmers. beth parker has more. >> reporter: at his office in urbana maryland, brian duncan has this funny feeling that somebody is watching. >> it is kind of creepy. >> it is the brown stink bug.
they are peeking through the binds and eyeing up the pen collection. most are on the outside looking in. >> we get all kinds of bugs, okay. but this is the first time we've ever seen thousands of bugs of any kind. >> reporter: the brown stinkbug is a native of china. it was first spotted in the u.s. in the mid 1990s in allentown, pennsylvania. this is the worst year so far in the mid-atlantic. these stinkbugs with the striped antenna are sucking the juice from farmer's crops. they've lost count. >> they seem to conjugate in the corners and they just buzz around and annoy people as they are walking up the aisle. >> reporter: sue snyder work at a real estate and property management company. >> you can't stand still too long around here. >> they're herring the buzz and hearing from clients. when we asked exterminators whether to spray for